Data Management Platform Adoption Has Risen by 49% Since 2015

Adoption of Data Management Platforms Has Risen by 49% Since 2015

ExchangeWire and Lotame Released A Report That Uncovers Geographical Differences in DMP Adoption among media agencies

The Adoption of data management platforms (DMPs) worldwide has increased 49% since ExchangeWire’s last survey in 2015.

CEO, Lotame
Andy-Monfried, Founder & CEO, Lotame

However, there are differences in how media agencies in the US, EMEA, and APAC are putting their DMPs to work, states the latest report by ExchangeWire and Lotame. The report by ExchangeWire Research and Lotame is based on survey responses from a diverse range of agency professionals across the U S, EMEA, and APAC. Data was collected in February 2017.

Independent DMP provider-Lotame and ExchangeWire, which tracks data-driven advertising, have partnered to create a new report on DMP adoption vs execution. Andy Monfried, Founder & CEO, Lotame, explains, “DMP adoption in agencies is at an all-time high. The differentiation now lies in HOW agencies are using the DMP, not IF they’re using one. Those who are harnessing the full capabilities of the technology are — in many cases — seeing greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success.”

One-third of agencies think DMP is vital

The report’s findings show that DMPs provide media agencies with multiple opportunities to improve their data strategy, but only one-third of agencies worldwide view a DMP as ‘vital’ to the agency technology stack, mainly due to wider channel execution and the ability to assist in winning new business. Comparatively, 57 % rated DMPs as ‘nice to have.’  Moreover, there is a growing performance gap between those who are making the most of the technology and those who are not.

Geographical differences in DMP execution:

Activation of non-digital channels key for DMP

Agencies in the US consider planning and activation of non-digital channels as the best opportunity for their DMP.“The availability of set-top box data has been a game changer, since it allows a brand to understand how many impressions of traditional advertising are actually hitting their specific target, as opposed to a traditional demographic segment,” informed Michael Beach, CEO, Cross Screen Media (US).

Lotame report on DMP
Image Courtesy- Lotame Survey report

US agencies lead in implementing data strategies on TV (28 percent) and Radio (13 percent). On the other hand, APAC sees a significantly higher use of data-driven strategy across out-of-home (OOH), search, social and email compared to the other two regions studied.

Primarily, the key channels to implement data strategies are the usual digital display, social, digital video, and search followed by email.

Technology and service are driving DMP adoption

US-based agencies are unwilling to compromise on technology and service, as they have been working with DMPs for longer than players in the other regions.  They expect excellence in these two fields.

Agencies in the EMEA region are willing to pay more for the product than agencies in the other regions. Agencies in the EMEA are much more focused on partnerships, third-party data, and reporting capabilities when selecting a DMP.

Here’s the key to having success using DMPs

 The primary use of DMPs is for audience targeting (62%), audience insights and analytics (53%). However, the study states that agencies that offer clients advanced data strategies namely, content and experience personalization, cross-device attribution, sequential messaging, creative and messaging optimization have the most success with using DMPs.

Image courtesy- Lotame and ExchangeWire report

Agencies in the US are significantly ahead in using DMPs for cross-device attribution and sequential messaging.

Feliks Malts, Vice President, Decision Sciences, 3Q Digital (US), said that the DMP technology is extremely useful when it comes to creative and messaging optimization.

Elie Milan, Associate Director, Social Performance, Publicis Media (EMEA), explains: “We benefit from the DMP’s cross-device identification capabilities to properly size and activate against our target audiences, as well as leveraging audience data to deliver personalized messaging at scale.”

On the other hand, APAC is advanced with use cases of creative, personalization, and messaging optimization and identified the biggest opportunity for agencies as feeding data into the creative design process. If brands are to be able to continue to build out their data strategies, agencies must begin to leverage the DMP’s more sophisticated use cases.

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